DraftKings CASH POOL | NFL Week 6

NFL Week 6 Cash Pool: Below are the players that I consider to be viable plays on DraftKings in Cash Games (H2H, Double-Ups, 50/50s). This article is updated throughout the weekend with a final update at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday to account for surprise inactives and late-week news.

UPDATE:

Priority Plays: + AJ Brown

Fades: + David Montgomery

QB

Cam Newton ($6,500): Despite a Friday afternoon COVID scare, The Patriots/Broncos game appears to be on track to play. Cam Newton will return to The Patriots starting lineup and immediately relieve us of tragically be forced to watch Brian Hoyer/Jarrett Stidham take meaningful NFL snaps in Week 6. In his three starts for New England, Newton has averaged 11.6 attempts, 49.6 yards, and 1.3 TDs per game as a rusher. The injury riddled Denver defense will struggle to contain Cam in this spot. His affordable price and high rushing floor makes him a standout play this week.     

Matthew Stafford ($6,300): Fresh off of a Week 5 bye, Matthew Stafford and The Lions offense will look to get their season back on track against a Jaguars team that has allowed 30-points to be scored against them in four consecutive games. The Lions team total has risen a full point from open (28.75) and is currently the second highest on the slate. Despite being projected road favorites, it would not be surprising to see The Lions playing from behind at points in this game. Stafford is my favorite cash game option >$6,500.

Kirk Cousins ($6,100): One of only two teams allowing over 300 yards passing per-game, The Falcons defense presents an inviting matchup for Kirk Cousins and The Vikings passing attack in Week 6. Despite the loss of Dalvin Cook, The Vikings are unlikely to lean any more pass-heavy than usual as Alexander Mattison is more than capable of replicating Cook’s production on the ground. Volume is the biggest concern with Cousins, he’s only topped 27 pass attempts once this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,900): Making his second appearance into my Cash Pool through six weeks, Harvard legend Ryan Fitzpatrick has been shockingly consistent to start 2020. The Dolphins have the third highest implied team total on the slate (28.5), but projected game script as massive home favorites (-10) could reduce the need for Fitz to sling it in this spot. Still, having thrown for over 300 yards in three of his last four games and producing four consecutive games over 25 DK points, Fitz is squarely in consideration as the best >$6,000 QB option on the board in Week 6.

QB Positional Notes: Quarterback isn’t bad this week, it’s just boring. Without Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, and Josh Allen on the slate, we will have to get creative. Most of the players in consideration profile as pocket-passers only, and will add almost no additional rushing value to their fantasy production. Cam Newton is the lone exception to that statement and priced within $400 of guys like Stafford and Cousins, makes a lot of sense in cash lines this week.   

RB

Derrick Henry ($7,300): Averaging 26.75 touches-per-game, Derrick Henry is set up as one of the best plays on slate without Ezekiel Elliot and Alvin Kamara. Houston is a bottom five defense against the rush, generously allowing a whopping 170 yards-per-game to opposing backs. Henry averaged nearly 150 yards and 1.5 TDs per-game against the division rival Texans in his two matchups against them in 2019. His pass game limitations and inability to log <75% of snaps in any 2020 game so far are the only holes you can poke in Henry as a rock-solid DFS cash game play in Week 6.      

Alexander Mattison ($7,200): Due to COVID-induced schedule fluctuations, DraftKings had two extra days to account for Alexander Mattison’s likely role as The Vikings starter and was able to price up the talented backup all the way up $7,200. With Dalvin Cook officially ruled out, Mattison projects to see the bulk of touches in a home matchup against a reeling Falcons team. Mattison was able to rack up 136 total yards on 23 touches in last week’s game against The Seahawks after Dalvin Cook left the game in the second half. Mattison’s touch projection should mirror what Cook’s would have been in this spot. As a home favorite RB on a team with a slate-high implied total (29) and secure workload, Mattison is a must play.  

Mike Davis ($7,000): Mike Davis has seen elite fantasy usage in his four week run as The Panthers starting running back. After playing on a season-high 83% of snaps last week and seeing 8.25 targets-per-game over his last four, Davis will continue to pop in projection models and should be in strong consideration for cash games every week until Christian McCaffrey returns.    

David Montgomery ($5,800): David Montgomery has been the main beneficiary of Tarik Cohen’s ACL tear. Over the past two weeks, Montgomery has played on 83% of The Bears snaps and seen 7 targets-per-game. D.Mont is in the nut matchup against a horrifically bad Panthers run defense that is allowing a league leading 31.72 FPPG and 8.6 receptions per-game to the position. Montgomery is in a great spot, but is not a perfect play as a RB on a team that is a road underdog with an implied team total of only 21.75.      

Myles Gaskin ($5,400): Having survived the Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes, Myles Gaskin profiles as a strong, under-the-radar play for cash games in Week 6. Quietly 4th in the NFL in RB receptions, Gaskin has averaged 20.3 touches per game over the last three weeks and The Dolphins have the third highest implied team total on the slate (28.5) as massive home favorites against The Jets (-10). It took Jordan Howard being a surprise inactive in Week 5 for Gaskin to score his first TD of 2020. As one of only two afternoon games on the Week 6 slate, we are unlikely to know Howard’s game day status before lock.  

RB Positional Notes: This is a scary week for cash games. Derrick Henry and David Montgomery will command a lot of cash game ownership and are in good enough spots that fading them feels extremely dangerous. That being said, it’s hard for me not to identify Mattison/Davis as better pay-up options than the game-flow dependent Derrick Henry; or to identify home favorite Myles Gaskin (ITT 28.5) as a better pay-down option that road underdog David Montgomery (ITT 21.25).  

WR

Adam Thielen ($7,300): The Falcons defense will be hard pressed to stop Adam Thielen’s dominant start to 2020. The emergence of rookie WR Justin Jefferson has only helped shade coverage away from Thielen, further allowing him to thrive as The Vikings WR1. Thielen has compiled 28 targets over the last three weeks and has scored 6-touchdowns through five games. Without Dalvin Cook, Thielen will be the go-to option for Minnesota in scoring position and is the safest bet at WR to find the end zone in Week 6.

Kenny Golladay ($6,200): Kenny Golladay’s snap share rose from 73% in Week 3 to 82% in Week 4. Coming off of a week of rest, The Lions WR1 should be fully healthy and ready to play a season-high percentage of snaps against a Jaguars team that just surrendered 161 yards to Brandin Cooks. Expect Golladay’s average targets-per-game (7.5) to rise over the coming weeks.  

Jamison Crowder ($6,100): One of only a few players strong enough to resist the soul-draining, fantasy-limiting aura of being on an Adam Gase coached team; Jamison Crowder is sneakily an elite WR option to target in the mid-range this week. Second in FPPG behind only Davante Adams, Crowder has seen 10 or more targets in every game he’s played this year and produced over 100 yards in each outing. Crowder should mostly avoid The Dolphins above-average CB duo of Xavien Howard and Byron Jones in the slot.     

AJ Brown ($5,600): Clearly mispriced, AJ Brown should be the starting point of every DraftKings cash game lineup in Week 6. After missing time to a knee injury, Brown returned to play on 88% of snaps against The Bills on Tuesday night where he saw a 32% of The Titans’ targets. Brown absolutely flamed The Texans in both of his 2019 matchups against them, averaging 26.9 DK points per-game and managing to clear the 100 yard mark both times. Lock and load.     

Chase Claypool ($5,200): It’s time to chase points with Chase Claypool. Claypool’s slate-breaking upside was on full display in Week 5 after demolishing The Eagles secondary for 110 yards and four touchdowns. Claypool played on 69% of snaps last week and should see that number rise with Diontae Johnson ruled out. The Browns are a bottom-five defense against opposing WRs and Claypool is in good position to build on his promising rookie campaign this week.

WR Positional Notes: As recently as yesterday, I called AJ Brown “the biggest lock of the week for cash games.” I’m backing off of that stance with the newfound availability of Chase Claypool at $5,200 and incredibly solid options in the 6k range. Truthfully, none of these WRs are priorities over the others, but they are all extremely solid. Thielen is the best pure play of the bunch, but his price is bordering on prohibitive.   

TE

Jonnu Smith ($5,200): Quietly blossoming into one of the best tight ends in The NFL, Jonnu Smith is a rock solid mid-range play in Week 6. Leading the Titans in targets, Smith has scored 11 or more fantasy points in every game he’s played this year. Top-5 in TE targets inside the 10 with 5 scores through four games, Smith is a high-floor/high-ceiling option that is unlikely to be priced below $6,000 on DraftKings for much longer.

Trey Burton ($3,100): After a flurry of false-positive COVID tests on Friday morning, it appears that Trey Burton and The Colts remain on track to host The Bengals this week. Since returning from injury in Week 4, Trey Burton has established himself as the primary pass catching TE in Indianapolis. He’s seen 11 targets over the past two weeks, good for an 18.3% market share on the team. In a plus matchup vs. The Bengals, Burton is an acceptable way to save salary in cash games this week. Mo Allie-Cox was ruled out on Friday, making Burton and even better play.     

Irv Smith Jr. ($2,500): Despite playing on over 60% of snaps in 4/5 games this year, Irv Smith Jr. has only seen 11 targets so far this season. 5 of those 11 targets came in last week’s game against Seattle where Smith Jr. put up a solid 4-64 line. This is a thin play no matter how you slice it. Smith Jr.’s stone-min price tag grants you roster construction flexibility and his boosted potential to score on the team with the slates highest implied team total (29) makes him an acceptable punt.

TE Positional Notes: I’ve gotten the TE position consistently wrong in cash games all year. My strategy this week: punt on a cheap guy and minimize the potential damage I can do to my roster. Trey Burton and Irv Smith Jr. are both solid options. Trey Burton has seen as many targets in 2 games as Irv Smith Jr. has in 5. With Mo Allie-Cox out, I think Burton has become a much better play. If I can find the extra $600 to get there without major sacrifice, I would.   

Priority Plays: Alexander Mattison, Mike Davis, AJ Brown, Trey Burton   

Fades: Derrick Henry, David Montgomery

Cash Game Results 2020:

Week 1: 185.1 Points. 87% Win Rate (83.3% of 78 H2Hs, 100% of 22 DUs)

Week 2: 161.9 Points. 91.3% Win Rate (90.3% of 103 H2Hs, 100% of 12 DUs)

Week 3: 112.1 Points. 17.7% Win Rate (21% of 119 H2Hs, 0% of 22 DUs)

Week 4: 139.50 Points. 81% Win Rate (77.9% of 104 H2Hs, 100% of 17 DUs)

Week 5: LU: 143.68 Points. 31.1% Win Rate (35.9% of 103 H2Hs, 0% of 16 DUs)

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